Easiest Corn on the Cob

Easiest Corn on the Cob from 101 Cooking For TwoDON’T SHUCK THAT CORN…There is no easier method, just toss them in an oven. Microwave or regular oven… either will do. No husking the corn. Just toss them in.  It’s just a matter of seating the timer.

I love my naked grilled corn (char is good). And since sweet corn and grilling season tend to go together, I haven’t had a lot of call for another technique. This spring I have ended up doing more inside cooking than I would like but it is still “corn season”. For years we cleaned the ears of corn and nuked with a few teaspoons of water in the microwave. It worked fine and was only a little work but I’m always looking for easier.

It turns out that you can just toss the ears, husks and all, into the microwave or oven. Cook them and then shuck them. The easiest way to shuck is to cut the bottom of the ear off and squeeze the ear out. The corn silk will stay with the husks. The microwave formula is 4 minutes on high per ear. The oven is 30 minutes total (any number of ears) at 350 for 30 minutes. Remember this, there will be a test later, it’s really, really hard.

Rating

rating system 5

I prefer the grilled corn a bit but this is just so darn easy that I have been doing them over and over the last 2 weeks.

Notes:

The oven method is great if your cooking something else. Just toss them in when you have about 30 minutes to go. The microwave method if you’re moving fast.

ingredients for recipe

Your ingredients… Corn. I picked two ears since this is “Cooking For Two”

pop it in the microwave
 Toss the amount of corn you want in a microwave on high for 4 minutes per ear (2 ears = 8 minutes).

OR

corn in the oven
Toss them in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes total. As many ears as you want for 30 minutes total.
trim the bottom of the ear off

Remove from oven with a hot pad. With a SHARP chef knife cut off the bottom of the ear of corn. I take out the bottom row of kernels. Helpful tip: while you still have the knife in your hand, slide the knife between the ear of corn and the husk and cut a couple of slits in the husk about 1 inch up two sides. The next step will be so much easier.

squeeze out the corn

Squeeze the corn out of the husk.

corn with butter

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DON'T SHUCK THAT CORN...There is no easier method, just toss them in an oven. Microwave or regular oven... either will do. No husking the corn. Just toss them in. It's just a matter of seating the timer.
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Recipe type: vegetable
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • as many as you want unhusked corn on the cob
  • butter, salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Toss the amount of corn you want in a microwave on high for 4 minutes per ear (2 ears = 8 minutes). OR Toss them in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes total. As many ears as you want for 30 minutes total.
  2. Remove from oven with a hot pad. With a SHARP chef knife cut off the bottom of the ear of corn. I take out the bottom row of kernels. Helpful tip: while you still have the knife in your hand, slide the knife between the ear of corn and the husk and cut a couple of slits in the husk about 1 inch up two sides. The next step will be so much easier.
  3. Squeeze the corn out of the husk.
  4. Serve immediately with butter, salt and pepper to taste.

Last Updated
October 19 2014

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Comments

  1. says

    A friend recently did the MW version and now swears by it. I haven’t tried it yet but will do it soon. She also gave me a recipe for a corn salad, but it calls for grilled corn. Another one I haven’t tried yet but she assures me it is a tried and true crowd pleaser.

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